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Mingo National Wildlife Refuge partners with the Missouri Department of Transportation to complete road project
Midwest Region, March 5, 2012
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Asphalt contractors working on Bluff Road at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge.
Asphalt contractors working on Bluff Road at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. - Photo Credit: Lindsey Landowski/USFWS.
Contractors constructing gravel shoulders to new road at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge.
Contractors constructing gravel shoulders to new road at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. - Photo Credit: Lindsey Landowski/USFWS.

Mingo National Wildlife Refuge received funding to rehabilitate approximately eight miles of Bluff Road and construct an enhanced visitor entrance to the new headquarters and visitor center facility. This project included cutting out deteriorated portions of Bluff Road, installing culverts on Bluff Road, overlaying the entire length of Bluff Road with new asphalt and constructing a new entrance to the visitor center facility.

With U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service engineers and contracting officers stretched very thin, Refuge Manager Ben Mense and Midwest Region Road Coordinator Brandon Jutz wanted to try and utilize the experience and expertise of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to complete this project.

Once all of the agreements were in place, MoDOT was responsible for completing the entire project, including 100% engineering/design, contract administration, and construction inspection. Construction began during the summer of 2011 and caused temporary closures to various portions of Bluff Road. However, the end result provided an enhanced road for refuge visitors to enjoy for many years to come and a much safer entrance to the visitor center facility. This project strengthened an already valuable partnership between MoDOT and Mingo National Wildlife Refuge.


Contact Info: Ben Mense, 573-222-3589 Ext. 13, ben_mense@fws.gov



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